How to Run Microsoft Paint on Mac

If you asked me how I felt about Microsoft Paint back in, let’s say, 2002, I would’ve told you how awesome it was. Back then, I was just another kid with a PC who loved using Paint to manipulate pictures of boy bands, fan art and other such pre-teen nerd activities.

Opening Microsoft Paint on Mac

If you fast-forwarded to 2005 or 2006, my sentiment would’ve been pretty much the same, though by then I had graduated to editing my Xanga and Myspace pictures.

Fast-forward again to today. Today’s the first time in years that I’ve opened Paint. After years spent inside journalism departments full of Macs flush with Adobe Creative Suite, I haven’t needed to. Today, I opened Microsoft Paint on Mac in my Windows 7 virtual machine within Parallels Desktop.

Microsoft Paint on Mac

Hopefully your drawing skills greatly exceed mine. It’s a Microsoft Paint puppy, by the way.

Believe it or not, there’s a band of loyalists out there who swear by the beautiful simplicity of Paint for drawing, illustration, and basic photo editing. And yes, as stated, you can easily run Microsoft Paint on Mac using Parallels Desktop.

Microsoft Paint on Mac

I may not be able to draw, but I can add text to a photo!

When you think about it, it makes sense. Programs like Photoshop are fantastic, but have a steep learning curve for users looking for something modest and easy-to-use. Even better, Paint is free with your purchase of Windows, so if all you need is to create a pretty pattern of shapes or add text to a photo, you’re golden. You can even ask Cortana to open Paint for you in Windows 10!

Do you still use Paint? Have you tried Microsoft Paint on Mac? Tell us how you use this iconic tool in a comment, or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.


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